Early Day Motions are motions submitted to the House of Commons for Debate.
"As a new MP one of the ways of showing my support for an issue is by signing Early Day Motions. These are Parliamentary petitions that allow MPs to show their support for an issue, cause or policy. Backbench MPs use EDMs to raise issues for the attention of the public, the media and front bench teams in opposition and in Government. As I'm now part of Labour's frontbench Defra team I can no longer sign EDMs but I'm happy to back campaigns when they're relevant to Plymouth. If you have an EDM you want me to sign please still do get in touch as I may be able to write to the Minister or campaign on this without actually signing the EDM which I am now longer able to do."
In July 2017 Luke was promoted to be the Private Parliamentary Secretary to Shadow DEFRA Secretary of State, Sue Hayman MP. As a result he is no longer able sign EDMs.
Below is the full list Luke signed prior to his appointment to promote issues that matter to people in Plymouth:
- 28th June 2017 - Signed EDM 12 Ban On Fox Hunting
“That this House believes that fox hunting has no place in modern Britain and will resist any attempt to repeal the Hunting Act (2004).”
- 28th June 2017 - Signed EDM 25 Hunting Act 2004
“That this House calls on the Government to maintain and strengthen the Hunting Act 2004; notes that 84 per cent of the public support the ban on fox hunting; believes that the Government should close loopholes protecting those breaking the law and introduce tougher penalties in line with other animal welfare legislation; and further calls on the Government to maintain the UK's position as a world leader on animal welfare.”
- 28th June 2017 - Signed EDM 43 Great Get Together
“That this House extends its sincere gratitude to everyone who took part in Great Get Together events in Batley and Spen and across the UK over the weekend of 17 and 18 June; notes the importance of remembering that we have more in common than that which divides us; further notes the benefit of diverse communities coming together to form friendships which enrich our society; looks forward to the Great Get Together becoming an annual event; and continues to celebrate the life and legacy of much loved former Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen, Jo Cox.”
- 28th June 2017 - Signed EDM 45 Lowering the Voting Age to 16
“That this House notes that 16 year olds can enter into marriage and civil partnerships, pay income tax and national insurance, obtain social security benefits in their own right, become a company director, consent to medical treatment, and join the armed forces, a political party or a trade union; believes that young people should be given the chance to fulfil their potential and play a full part in society, including through political engagement and participation in democratic decision-making; notes that the voting age is 16 in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Jersey, and Scotland; further notes that the Wales Act 2017 provides the Welsh Assembly with the power to lower the voting age for its elections; considers that, as part of the first generation to receive citizenship education, the UK's 1.5 million 16 and 17 year olds are as knowledgeable and competent to vote as other young adults; and calls on the Government to give 16 and 17 year olds a say in their long-term future by legislating to reduce the voting age to 16 for all national and local elections and referendums at the earliest possible opportunity.”
- 28th June 2017 - Signed EDM 60 Contribution of the Co-operative Economy
“That this House recognises the beneficial role the co-operative sector plays within the wider economy, in 2017 the sector's economic contribution to the UK economy was Â£36 billion; notes that the co-operative movement ably demonstrates a better way of doing business, in a way where wealth and power are shared, as almost 14 million people now share in the ownership of the sector; and further notes that with Government support the sector is well placed to grow and seize new opportunities for growth which have arisen as a result of an increased interest in co-operative business structures.”
- 28th June 2017 - Signed EDM 63 Women Against State Pension Inequality
“That this House believes it has a moral duty to ensure that there is a fair transition for women born on or after 6 April 1951 regarding their pensions; recognises the need for a non-means tested bridging pension that will secure the financial stability of those affected by the 1995 and 2011 Pension Acts and compensation for those at risk of losing in the region of Â£45,000, creating a fairer pension system for all; and calls on the Government to bring forward transitional arrangements to provide pension certainty for the women disproportionately affected by this system.”
- 6th July 2017 – EDM 99 HMS Queen Elizabeth and British Shipbuilding
“That this House offers its congratulations to the Aircraft Carrier Alliance on the successful commencement of the sea trials of the Royal Navy's future flagship, HMS Queen Elizabeth; notes that the two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers, at 65,000 tonnes displacement and 920 feet in length, the largest and most complex naval ship ever built in the UK, represent a world-leading superlative of British industrial capability and form the culmination of a combined effort of 8,000 shipyard workers around the UK, including Govan, Scotstoun and Portsmouth, Rosyth and Appledore in Devon, Tyneside and Birkenhead; further notes the critical role of an extensive supply chain comprising hundreds of companies and 3,000 people based around the UK that provide many of the component parts and materials used to construct both aircraft carriers, including engines and steel; is committed to the continued promotion of a thriving naval and commercial shipbuilding industry in the UK; and will consider a robust National Shipbuilding Strategy that should be comprehensive and effective enough to sustain the positive industrial legacy of the Queen Elizabeth programme for British shipbuilding for decades to come.”
- 6th July 2017 – EDM 106 Air Quality
“That this House notes that over 40,000 people die prematurely each year as a result of poor air quality in the UK, and this can be particularly attributed to vehicle emissions, including levels of nitrogen dioxide, and also to other particulates; further notes that the UK has been taken to court four times for failing to address the UK's poor air quality, that it is now time to ensure that there is effective air quality monitoring across all areas of the UK, in particular areas of high levels of air pollution and congestion, as well as near schools; and believes that the Government must respond by establishing clean air zones in all areas of the UK, and facilitate appropriate resourcing to oversee the retrofitting of all buses and coaches, setting out a clear timeline for all vehicles to be replaced by ultra-low emission vehicles, as well as supporting local authorities to manage congestion, creating green lungs in urban spaces and undertaking initiatives like tree planting to mitigate against poor air quality.”
- 6th July 2017 – EDM 132 NHS Pay
“That this House notes that in 2017-18 NHS pay rises have been capped at one per cent and that this represents another below-inflation pay settlement; further notes that applications for nursing degrees have fallen 23 per cent this year; notes that the number of nurses and midwives joining the Nursing and Midwifery Council register has been in decline since March 2016 and that in 2016-17 45 per cent more UK registrants left the register than joined it; and calls on the Government to end the public sector pay cap in the NHS and give NHS workers a fair pay rise.”
- 6th July 2017 – EDM 142 Sainsbury’s and the Fairtrade Mark
“That this House deeply regrets the decision by the supermarket Sainsbury's to drop the Fairtrade mark for its own-brand tea and develop its own certification scheme; notes that the Fairtrade Foundation is a respected organisation and part of a global network that strives to ensure that farmers and workers in developing countries get a better deal for their produce; considers the distinctive and globally-recognised Fairtrade mark to be synonymous with ethical trade and quality for UK consumers; further notes that, in 2015, the UK Fairtrade market was worth an estimated Â£1.6 billion in retail sales, generating an estimated Â£29.8 million in Fairtrade Premium, a communal fund for workers and farmers to use, as they see fit, to improve their social, economic and environmental conditions; notes that the Fairtrade Standard protects workers' basic rights, including ensuring a safe working environment, the right to join a trade union and negotiate with their employer on wages and conditions, and prohibits discrimination and forced or illegal child labour; considers the Fairtrade Foundation to have a proven track record over 25 years of making a real and significant difference to the lives of farmers and workers, and of supporting better farming, strong cooperatives and investment in collective assets to improve crops and yields; and urges other supermarkets to remain with and strengthen their commitment to Fairtrade certification."
- 17th July 2017 – EDM 143 Grenfell Tower Fire
“That this House joins with IOSH, the occupational safety and health community, and others to express sorrow and concern following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire; mourns the loss of at least 80 lives and the profound suffering of those affected; commends the outstanding efforts of the emergency services and volunteers in the face of such adversity; and strongly urges that the review of Part B of the Building Regulations 2006 is now expedited, that lessons from the investigation regarding prevention and protection are learned and the recommendations of the forthcoming public inquiry are promptly implemented, so that such a terrible and preventable disaster never happens again.”
- 17th July 2017 – EDM 152 Sale of NHS Professionals
“That this House recognises the value and effectiveness of the NHS; notes the success of NHS Professionals in supplying short-term and flexible staff to NHS trusts with staffing gaps at a very low overhead cost; understands that private agencies perform the same function at a higher cost by charging expensive rates of commission; notes that the use of NHS Professionals as opposed to private staffing agencies saves the NHS approximately £70 million per year; further understands that all profits made by NHS Professionals are currently reinvested into the NHS; regrets the Government’s decision to sell 74.9 per cent of its stake in NHS Professionals to a private buyer; maintains that NHS Professionals in the hands of a private buyer will cost the NHS more and will not improve the service provided; further notes that the start of the contract is set to be 1 September 2017; and calls on the Government to halt the sale immediately and retain full ownership of NHS Professionals.”
- 17th July 2017 – EDM 165 MOD Guards Tendering Process
“That this House expresses concerns about the tendering of Ministry of Defence (MoD) guarding services; rejects any change in contracting of MoD guards which removes the emphasis from safety and security; urges the Government not to indulge in a cost-cutting exercise; is appalled by reports that, if taken over by a contractor, commercial guards could be guarding a supermarket one day and a nuclear site the next; values the levels of experience, expertise and training current MoD guards have in reserve; recognises the difficulties of MoD security contracts already awarded to the private sector; notes that value for money is a factor in the procurement process and presses for any comparisons drawn during the decision-making process to be made on a level playing field; is alarmed by talk of companies sub-contracting even before the contract has been awarded; and urges that the decision on tendering is made in the public interest.”
- 17th July 2017 – EDM 175 X Passports For People Who Do Not Associate With A Particular Gender
That this House recognises the support expressed in previous parliamentary sessions to address the issues faced by people whose identities are neither male nor female; believes that people are compromised and diminished as a result of inappropriate gender references on their personal identity information; acknowledges that all passports issued by HM Passport Office are currently gender specific and it is therefore not possible to obtain a British passport that contains no reference to gendered identity; understands that the International Civil Aviation Organisation standard specification for machine-readable travel documents, ICAO Document 9303, permits X unspecified alongside F female and M male, under a mandatory sex category; notes that citizens of Malta, Australia and New Zealand are able to obtain a non-gender-specific X passport and that India, Nepal and Pakistan make provision for their citizens when neither M nor F are appropriate; further believes that similar provision is needed in the UK where current discriminatory policy denies non-gendered and bi-gendered people a legitimate identity; and therefore urges the Government and HM Passport Office to make non gender-specific X passports available in the UK to people who do not identify with a particular gender.
- 17th July 2017 – EDM 179 Abolition of The Hereditary Peerage
“That this House notes the election to replace the 10th Earl of Walpole to be held on 18 July 2017; further notes that only 31 electors can take part in this election and that there are 10 candidates; notes that the hereditary principle holds no place in a modern democracy; declares that the UK should finally abolish the 92 hereditary peers from the House of Lords; and notes that the by-election process of hereditary peers risible as it means that a small constituency of hereditary peers can elevate a peer to produce laws and question Ministers without any say by the British public.”
- 18th July 2017 – EDM 185 Royal Mail
“That this House notes that Royal Mail provides vital public services in the delivery of letters and parcels and the provision of PO Box services; further notes that when it was privatised by the Coalition Government in 2013 concerns were raised about the continued provision of local delivery offices, but that no safeguards were put in place to stop asset-stripping in the form of forced closures and sale of local delivery offices; condemns the current delivery office closure programme which is threatening the accessibility of Royal Mail services in many communities across the UK, and which has a particular impact on vulnerable residents and young families; further condemns the absence of any requirement for public consultation in relation to delivery office closures; and calls on the Government to intervene to preserve local delivery offices and protect Royal Mail against asset-stripping.”